If Sheffield United and their supporters had any hopes of signing Aleksandar Mitrovic this summer, then those hopes appear over already.
The big striker was one of the very first names mentioned when Slavisa Jokanovic took over from Chris Wilder. Mitrovic enjoyed a fine spell under the new Blades boss, so the talk was only natural.
Other players, such as Tom Cairney, have also been mentioned. Ryan Sessegnon is another. The young winger returning to Spurs this summer from Germany.
However, when it comes to Mitrovic, it looks like United might as well not even bother trying. That’s because Fulham have, according to The Sun, have rejected a £16m bid for the forward from Russia.
The Cottagers are insisting Mitrovic is not for sale. However, the player is said to want out, meaning this could drag on into the summer months.
For Sheffield United, this looks like being a race that has ran before we even got out of the starting blocks. We aren’t paying £16m+ for a new striker.
Mitrovic to Sheffield United was never going to happen was it?
It’s all well and good getting excited about certain players coming to the club, but Mitrovic was always a long shot.
One, he is on massive money with Fulham. And second, as mentioned, the Cottagers want a big fee for their man. Rightly so, too.
Obviously, if Jokanovic did manage to pull off some mega deal and sell a few to bring Mitro in, then we’re all for it. But with Fulham turning down early bids and United said to be looking at the Premier League loan market, this now seems unlikely.